RaceDVD - 2016
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Larry Snyder: You can run. And boy, can you jump. What I want to know is - can you win?
A vote today against our American athletes participating in these Olympics is a vote against tyranny.
History remembers the winners. Every man or woman on that field is grateful for the chance to be there, to meet in the spirit of friendly competition, man against man, nation against nation, to test themselves without fear or rancor against the best the other side has to offer. Surely we all agree the Olympic code is a direct antithesis to Nazi ideology. They're who we ought to be thinking about. Our athletes, those putting their sweat, their blood, their heart into getting that chance. I don't feel I have the right to take it away from them.
I know that it must sound hypocritical for any American to talk about racial bigotry in other countries, but that is the whole reason we must not go to these games. We've got a chance here to show our solidarity with the oppressed people of Germany. It's all a part of the same great hatred. We can make those in power aware of their moral obligation to fight against
the wrongs that we Negroes suffer right here at home.
-You think it's gonna make a damn bit of difference? He stays, they ain't gonna notice. He goes, he can come back with a drawer full of medals, and they will hate him even worse than before.
How can you justify taking part in Germany when there's so much discrimination here at home?
-You know, that's a very good point. When we get our own house in order...
I go down to Berlin, it's like telling them Nazis it's okay, like I don't care nothing about what's going on over there.
'Cause you know, out there on that track, you're free of all this. The moment that gun go off,
can't nothing stop me. Not color, not money, not fear, not even hate. There ain't no black and white. There's only fast and slow. For those 10 seconds, you are completely free.
I promised you a better life than what we have now. I mean, how else am I supposed to get it?
-I like our life just fine.
You're the only damn person in the world whose opinion matters to me, and you ain't got one.
-I ain't gonna tell you what to do, Jesse. That's why you love me. Jesse?
Say I go. What if I lose?
-You're the fastest man on the Earth.
But you won't be there. My family won't be there. My coach won't even be there.
-Larry's not going?
No. He tried, but they won't let him. I'm gonna be there all by myself, the whole world watching. And if I lose... If I lose, it'll mean those Nazis were right.
-Quit thinking so much, Jesse. It's not what you're good at. You was put here to run. Don't listen
to any of them. Listen to you. You listen to your heart, all right?
I'm sorry, sir, but your friends will have to use the service entrance.
-Are you kidding me? You know who this is?
-I mean, they're holding the dinner for him.
Yes, sir. I'm sorry, Mr. Owens, sir, but those are the rules.
Do they have any ugly girls in Germany?
-They prefer to keep them out of sight. There are a lot of things they want to keep hidden.
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Like the story of Jackie Robinson "42 2013," this film showed only some of the hardships experienced by Owens in his days. e.g. he went to Ohio State without a scholarship. Also, despite being the greatest Olympian then and an around good citizen, he was treated as just another negro, a second-class citizen, by our society. From Owen's Obituary published in NYTs on April 1, 1980: Mr. Owens became a playground janitor because he could not find a better job. He ended his career as an amateur runner and accepted money to race against cars, trucks, motorcycles, ... http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0912.html
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